The Woodstock Diaries is an enthralling ''fly on the wall'' documentary about the creation of Woodstock, and of the actual three day event itself. It contains drama, humour and even pathos, and recaptures those heady days of the hippie movement when young people really believed that they could change the world. And yet incredibly this historic event almost never happened. A series of near-catastrophes conspired to derail the Woodstock Festival and, but for the sheer perseverance and chutzpah of several key characters, the whole course of rock music could have been drastically different.
Antony Hegarty has no apparent interest in being an ordinary pop star, and it stands to reason he wouldn't be interested in making an ordinary live album, either. In 2006, Hegarty collaborated with artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas on a performance piece called Turning, in which Atlas created carefully detourned video projections of a handful of women ("beauties," as they were identified by Hegarty and Atlas) whose difficult life experiences often belied their appearance, while Hegarty's band Antony and the Johnsons performed a set of their powerfully emotional and atmospheric songs. Atlas directed a documentary about the tour, also called Turning, while Antony and the Johnsons have released a soundtrack album that documents the London date on the tour.
Welcome to ZenTV. Since the mid-nineties and the groundbreaking Stealth parties at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, Ninja has been almost as well respected for its engagement with visuals as it has for its audio. The two came together on this massive retrospective of almost a decade of experimentation, innovation, humour and weirdness. Let’s get the spec out of the way first. The ZenTV DVD has twice the capacity of a normal DVD, containing as it does 35 promo videos from the label, a fifteen minute audiovisual mix and a 30 minutes audio mix from Hexstatic. And as if that wasn’t enough, the DVD has a menu system which means you can watch the videos either in the order we intended, randomly, or chronologically from the oldest to the newest or the newest to the oldest. You can also look up any specific act and check out their videos and album art. Or just leave a gallery of some of Ninja’s finest covers running in the corner of the room as a kind of ambient art installation dahlink… Mwah.
2007 issued fantastic 3CD collection from one of the biggest dance brands back from the 90's! "In The Mix" was the brainchild of Mark Goodier and expertly mixed at his Wise Buddah Studios and was one of the 90's big success stories. The brand was successfully revived in the noughties with the release of "In The Mix-Revival" in 2005, selling over 130k. In 2007, the popularity for all things retro has prompted a wave of "Old Skool" / retro dance releases. It's a virtual 90's greatest hits from Adamski (ft. Seal), Xpansions, 808State, Altern8, Bassheads, Shamen, Awesome 3, Moby, Nomad, Atlantic Ocean, Inner City, Prodigy, Rozalla, FSOL, 2 Unlimited, Ten City, Bass-O-Matic, Reese Project, Robin S, Felix, FPI Project, 49ers, Messiah, Quadrophonia, Shades Of Rhythm, SL2 and many many more!